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How Social Security Programs are affected by Identity Theft Violations

Nowadays, reports on identity theft and tax scams have increased. Hackers track the Social Security account of qualified members to obtain information, specifically their Social Security number, which can be used to file benefit claims of tax refunds.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently litigated identity theft and tax scam cases. The agency discovered more than 4 million losses from fraudulent benefit claims. The hackers accessed the Social Security number of good standing members and used the information to obtain disability and retirement sum. The violators were also able to file tax returns and then collect refunds.

Imagine the huge amount that was not given to qualified Social Security members. All the years that were spent paying for taxes went to the hands of criminals. Unfair as it is, the government also was robbed of opportunity to financially assist deserving and needy citizens. Worse, retired and disabled workers find themselves no longer eligible to apply for Social Security programs.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which provide assistance to impaired workers who have rendered at least 20 years of service, has implemented stringent policies on reviewing troubled accounts. This has made processing of SSDI claims more difficult for aged and impaired workers.

Moreover, retirees who need the allowance for their living expenses will have to wait for the results of federal suits against the hackers. Only after clearing one’s name can he collect sum of money from SSA.

The least affected program is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which can regenerate the small amount of money and give it to the rightful member.

Nevertheless, your hacked account can deprive you of the months which you may spend enjoying your hard-earned benefits.

To avoid such trouble, here are some tips which can help you protect your Social Security information from identity theft:

  1. Never type, save, or send your Social Security number on your email. Hackers can 'pish' on your account and retrieve the data.
  2. Never disclose your Social Security number to individuals, companies, friends, or colleagues. Unless the transaction is for legal purposes or has valid reasons, politely decline the request.
  3. Ask your credit card holder or other institutions which know your Social Security number to keep such information safe. You may request update on your transactions to check any unusual entries.
  4. Ask SSA to give you a regular update on the status of your account. Report any discrepancy on your annual statement.

If you find out that your Social Security account has been tampered with or hacked, you may consult with a Social Security lawyer in California who can help you assert legal action.

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